Black dress star of fashion event
Glitz, glamour and good looking people, and that was just the audience.
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For one weekend, Gore became the fashion capital of New Zealand thanks to the 25th Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.
The Saturday night gala evening, which sold out in a record one hour 20 minutes, did not disappoint, with the Gore Town and Country Club completely packed with people craning to glimpse this year's designs.
Christchurch's Renuka Malik took out the big prize, The Southland Times Award of Excellence, with her simple yet elegant long black dress which was entered in the Nightlife section.
Amongst the sea of bold, brave and bright designs, the dress appeared understated, which drew some confusion from the crowd who saved the biggest cheers for the more outrageous designs.
Convener Heather Paterson said it was the fine details in the dress that made it the winner.
"The audience may not have been able to appreciate this design as much, unless you're up close you don't see the fine detail . . . it's just outstanding.
"While it's not really about wearability, this design was something we could all have hanging in our wardrobes."
The same could not be said for other entries, particularly in the Steampunk section, which dripped with creativity but would look odd on your average Joe.
The Best Southland Designer Award was taken out by Gore's Viv Tamblyn, while Hannah Louise, of Dunedin, took home the Young Designer Award.
Mrs Paterson said she was very happy with how the event rolled out this year and praised the quality of all the designs.
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